August 19, 2022

VIDEO: Plants and flowers will soon be blooming

Gardening season has already begun for some residents of Waterloo Region and as the weather continues to get warmer, more will tackle their gardens. There are many ways to garden, even in small spaces. Things like hanging plants and split planters can help anyone dealing with small space. Many tips can help students shop on a budget, like splitting costs with friends. 

AUDIO: Will the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan follow through on its promises?

The federal government unveiled Canada’s next steps to combat climate change with the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan. This plan outlines steps to create a cleaner future for Canadians both environmentally, and economically. The goal is for Canada to reach an emissions reduction target of 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and net-zero levels by 2050. This is not Canada’s first kick at the can for climate change … Continued

Hespeler farmers’ market to be ‘bigger and better’ when it returns after two-year absence

June 3 is the day many people in the Hespeler community have been eagerly anticipating. The Hespeler Village Market returns after its two-year pandemic hiatus and organizers say it is ready to come back bigger and better than before. The market has been running since 2016 and takes place every Friday afternoon through late spring and summer. It consists of local vendors who can show up anywhere from once a … Continued

AUDIO: Golfers hoping to hit hole-in-one once courses open

Golfers in Waterloo Region, dust off your clubs, because the season is just around the corner. As the weather gets warmer, golfers are closer than ever to getting their first COVID restriction-free season. Many golfers are excited to have a sense of normalcy in the sport, even though they were able to play through the pandemic.  Local courses are preparing frantically as the tentative date for opening is April 8.

VIDEO: The Pulao Gals combine food and hospitality to make a home away from home

Passing by the open door of The Pulao Gals, the scent of spices – like cinnamon for kofta, and cilantro for buttering naan – hangs in the air, hinting at some of the menu items that can be found within. Once you’re inside, the warm feeling you get isn’t from the oven – it’s from the kindness owners Zerka and Shahgul Mya extend.  Shahgul and Zerka, a former Conestoga culinary … Continued

VIDEO: College students who ‘forget all the rules’ about recycling could vastly improve their recycling habits

Waterloo Region has a rich history with the blue box, particularly Kitchener which started the first blue bin program. But the student population seems neither to know nor care about this. Kathleen Barsoum, coordinator of waste management in Waterloo Region, says students need to put more effort into sorting their recycling and garbage. In this video, she speaks about the history of the blue bin and youth involvement in recycling.

AUDIO: World Autism Awareness Day’s importance goes beyond April 2

World Autism Awareness Day is a day to promote inclusivity, create awareness, and listen to autistic voices about their experiences. While April 2 is the day dedicated to this, people with autism and organizations that support them believe World Autism Awareness Day should be on our minds – specifically, neurotypical minds – every day, ensuring the awareness turns into action.

Kitchener’s Maple Sugar Shack celebrates local maple syrup makers and more Canadian-themed products

The Downtown Kitchener Maple Sugar Shack kicks off spring at the Kitchener Farmer’s Market on April 2 with a celebration of local maple syrup and other Canadian-themed products. Maple syrup is more than just something to put on pancakes in Canada; it’s something many people consider part of Canadian culture, and the flag even perfectly represents that. “We partnered with the Kitchener Market and found that the maple syrup harvest … Continued

VIDEO: Waterloo Region community supports Ukrainians fleeing war

The Waterloo Region community has erupted in support for Ukraine and its citizens, who have been experiencing war for more than a month. Canada recently authorized a quick, temporary pathway for Ukrainians fleeing war to live in Canada. Many in the community are getting ready for their arrival, including a local Grassroots Response to the Ukrainian Crisis and two local women who have started their own fundraiser.  

Toronto Comicon, equal parts the same as it was different

Have you ever played Call of Cthulhu? It’s a game that requires wit, a roleplaying spirit, and sometimes even background music to set the tone. At least, that is what the panel called “How To Get Started in “Call of Cthulhu” 7th Edition” said, one of many panels to return to Toronto Comicon this past weekend.  The three day convention, March 18 to March 20, is part of the bi-annual … Continued

Strike averted for Ontario colleges as last-minute deal is reached

Relief spread across Ontario colleges after a potential strike was called off on March 17. After struggling for months to reach an agreement, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), representing 16,000 Ontario College Faculty members, and the College Employer Council (CEC) agreed to enter binding interest arbitration. News that the strike was called off came only an hour before the midnight deadline. In a joint statement, OPSEU’s college faculty … Continued

AUDIO: The top Canadian Hockey League prospects are set to shine bright in Kitchener

The Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) brightest young stars are set to take the ice at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on March 23 at 7 p.m. The game will feature Shane Wright, the projected first overall pick in the National Hockey League (NHL) draft. This is a great opportunity to see the next generation of NHL stars. Tickets are available here.

UPDATE: Ontario College Faculty prepare for possible strike March 18

Faculty at Ontario’s 24 public colleges have set a strike deadline for 12:01 a.m. on March 18 if the College Employer Council (CEC) does not agree to voluntary binding interest arbitration. The faculty bargaining team sent an open letter to college presidents on March 14, asking them to agree to the arbitration, which involves both parties asking a neutral arbitrator to resolve a bargaining dispute as an alternative to a strike or lockout. Both sides provide … Continued

Safe driving tips for the ever-changing weather patterns

As we hope for warmer spring months in Ontario, winter can have a fierce way of holding on for as long as it can. For the past few weeks, it has been coating Southern Ontario roads in a blanket of glistening ice and snow. However pretty it may appear, it can be extremely dangerous to drive on, especially when the weather around this time of year can change from a … Continued